Bill Frisell, A Portrait
Bill Frisell, A Portrait (2017)

A character portrait of 'musicians' musician and anti-archetypal guitar hero, Bill Frisell. This film traces the development of Frisell's music and provides rare insight into the shaping of one of the significant musicians of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: December 6, 2017
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

Much applause to Franz for recognizing that and emphasizing above all else what Frisell will be remembered for: that sound, those songs, those bands, that habit of listening.

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Brian Lynch
Georgia Straight

Director Emma Franz's new documentary Bill Frisell: A Portrait shows a self-deprecating master whose hands seem to float while shaping sonic lines and fields that always surprise with their weird clarity.

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Glenn Kenny
New York Times

The movie is at its liveliest when it depicts Mr. Frisell making his distinctive sound with a variety of colleagues. And, fortunately, Ms. Franz includes a lot of such footage.

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Bennett Campbell Ferguson
Willamette Week

Can a movie qualify as a portrait if it reveals next to nothing about the family, personality and psyche of the man it portrays?

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Bill Frisell: A Portrait presents an exceptionally talented artist who is able to pursue whatever direction his genius takes him.

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